Written by Staff
By Will Jukes
At least 2 people died and over 40 others were hospitalized when a Cardinal Coach Lines charter bus flipped over on the George Bush Turnpike April 11. The bus was ferrying about 45 people, mostly seniors, to a casino in Oklahoma when it crashed.
The bus was northbound on 161 when it swerved across several lanes of traffic before striking two concrete barriers and hitting the center median, which caused it to tumble over onto its side. Because it could not be easily cleared, the wreck caused the closure of all lanes of traffic on the northbound side of 161. Texas DPS officers responding to the call struggled to reach the victims inside, resorting to climbing in through windows and the emergency hatch on top of the roof.
The operator of the bus, Cardinal Coach Lines, is headquartered in Mansfield just south of Dallas. Cardinal Coach has reported no crashes involving death or injury in the last two years. There is no word yet as to what caused the sudden loss of control resulting in the accident.